Although it resembles a long-nosed mouse, the shrew isn't a rodent, but rather a relative of the mole and hedgehog. There are 385 known species, making it the world's fourth most successful mammal family.
Although the weather might not be great, now is the perfect time to carry out those important January garden maintenance jobs in readiness for the spring. There's plenty you can do around your garden this month to bring benefits later on in the year.
The jackdaw is one of nature's most intelligent birds, as well as being an incredibly sociable creature. This lively little bird can recognise individual humans - a rare skill in the animal kingdom, attributed only to magpies, pigeons and chimpanzees.